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Clashes continue to rock Kashmir

By The Assam Tribune

SRINAGAR, July 11 - Violence and arson continued unabated in Kashmir Valley for the third day today even as National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval rushed home from Kenya to join in efforts to defuse the turmoil that has claimed the lives of 23 people.

As Kashmir remained on the boil and normal life paralysed due to curfew-like restrictions and separatists-sponsored strike over the killing of young Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on Friday, mobs torched a police station in Sopore and targeted the Air Force airport in Pulwama along with other security installations in Kashmir. There was also no let up in stone pelting incidents.

A total of 800 additional personnel from the central paramilitary forces are also being rushed to Jammu and Kashmir. The reinforcements will be in addition to 1,200 personnel sent to assist the state police on Saturday.

�Two persons have died in an incident of violence in Kulgam district yesterday and have been identified as Feroze Ahmad Mir (22) and Khursheed Ahmad Mir (38),� a police official said.

With this, the death toll in the violence has gone up to 23, including a policeman. Around 250 people were also injured.

A group of protesters pelted stones towards the Air Force airport at Koil in Pulwama this morning, a police official said. They also set afire the dry grass inside the airport complex.

Security forces tried to chase away the mob but the attackers were regrouping and intermittently hurling stones, he said. � PTI

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